Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Monday, January 14

Jan 14, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


    10:00 a.m.–Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation (“DWC”) Proposed Rule Hearing.  Proposed amendments to Rule 69L-6.012 (See January 22 entry) render Rule 69L-6.009 duplicative and unnecessary, and it is therefore proposed for repeal.  To view the hearing notice, click here.

      10:30 a.m.–DWC Proposed Rule Hearing; 10:30 a.m.  Proposed repeal of Rule 69L-3.001, which explains that the purpose of Rule Chapter 69L-3 is to establish employer and insurer responsibilities of recording and reporting workers’ compensation accident information under Chapter 440, F.S.  The Rule supplies no information or guidance that is not already provided throughout the balance of Rule Chapter 69L-3.  To view the hearing notice, click here.

        2:00 p.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association Board of Directors meeting; Tallahassee, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



          Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


          Regulators, business lobby, insurers to make property insurance pitch to Florida Senate panel

          Business groups, insurance regulators and property insurance companies will make their case on Wednesday for changing Florida’s property insurance market before the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.


          South Florida Legislators Take Aim at Citizens Property Insurance for Rate Cap

          South Florida lawmakers have filed legislation to block Citizens Property Insurance from dodging a 10 percent annual rate increase cap for new customers.


          Mike Fasano:  Senior Republican to Push for Medicaid Expansion, Strengthening Citizens Property Insurance

          Pasco County’s Mike Fasano is not your typical “freshman” representative.


          Column:  When the Wind Blows, What Then?

          There’s one unpleasant and unavoidable fact underlying the seemingly endless debate about how to fix state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp.:  Many policyholders, whether on the coast or inland, are paying dramatically insufficient insurance rates that don’t cover the true risk on their homes.


          Florida Insurance Agents at Patrons Insurance Agency Educate New Homeowners on Home Insurance

          The agents at Florida insurance agency, Patrons Insurance Agency, Inc., are educating new homeowners on the ins and outs of home insurance this year with the launch of a new Home Buyers Resource Guide.


          Blog:  Affordable Care Act To Dominate, But Other Insurance Issues On Tap This Legislative Session

          Affordable Care Act issues are expected to dominate discussions of insurance in the Legislature in the weeks ahead but lawmakers will also take swipes at workers compensation, hurricane preparations and Citizens Property Insurance Corp. when they return.


          Telemedicine Makes Progress in the Florida House

          In the near future, a resident in rural parts of Florida may simply log onto their computer to Skype with their primary care physician for standard consultations, diagnoses and prescriptions.


          Politicians report year-end finances, money moves

          Governor Rick Scott is off to a fast start toward his 2014 re-election bid.


          Blog:  Florida House Members Line Up For Re-Election

          With the 2012 elections behind them, 18 incumbent House members – and one former representative – have filed paperwork since Christmas indicating they will run again in 2014, according to the state Division of Elections.


          Blog:  75 percent of all election year checks written in Florida skirted campaign finance limits

          Florida’s sputtering economy did not stop interest groups and donors from spending $306 million this election cycle on state political campaigns, according to final election year tallies released Friday.


          Blog:  Florida land case draws attention at high court

          The dispute started in 1994 when Coy Koontz sought approval from the Saint Johns River Water Management District to develop 3 acres of his land in eastern Orange County.


          Florida “python challenge” draws about 800 hunters

          An armed mob set out into the Florida Everglades on Saturday to flush out a scaly invader.


          Blog:  Satanists to rally for Florida Governor Rick Scott

          If Governor Rick Scott is worried about slumping poll numbers, he might take comfort in knowing that his support is growing with at least one demographic.


          Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Proposes 7.7 percent Rate Hike

          Louisiana’s property insurer of last resort has proposed raising homeowner’s rates an average of 7.7 percent statewide this year.


          Parish in Louisiana Files New Charges in Hurricane Gustav Flood Appeal

          Officials in Louisiana’s Livingston Parish claim lies, bungling and withholding of information are grounds for reversal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision to deny $46 million in waterway cleanup costs Livingston incurred after Hurricane Gustav.



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